Between Two Kingdoms

Cori’s Pick:  Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted by Suleika Jaouad Fresh out of college, 22 year old Suleika Jaouad has just moved to Paris, is pursuing her dream job and has fallen in love.  But what literally started as an itch on her legs quickly escalates and throws her life into…

The Bad Muslim Discount

Cori’s Pick:  The Bad Muslim Discount by Syed Masood The title is what initially caught my attention of this debut by Syed Masood, paired with the fact that the cover is gorgeous – yes, the librarian will indeed judge a book by its cover – no apologies.  Per usual with books (and people) the contents…

Black Buck

Cori’s Pick:  Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour Mateo Askaripour’s Black Buck is why I love debut fiction.  It is brimming with energy and grit, and a very strong point of view.  Askaripour has an important message to deliver and this hilarious satire gets the job done. The book centers around twenty-two year old Darren who…

Better Luck Next Time

Cori’s Pick:  Better Luck Next Time by Julia Claiborne Johnson Back in 2017 I reviewed Be Frank With Me, Julia Claiborne Johnson’s debut that was published in 2016, and it was one of my very favorite books that year.  And as all book lovers do, I have waited not-so-patiently for her next novel, and the…

Fifty Words for Rain

Cori’s Pick: Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie In Asha Lemmie’s emotional and twisty debut, Nori Kamiza is a half-Black girl born illegitimately into a noble Japanese family in 1940.  The saga begins with Nori’s mother dropping her at the steps of her grandparents’ Kyoto estate.  From there, we learn that Nori’s dark skin…

Writing My Wrongs

Cori’s Pick: Writing My Wrongs by Shaka Senghor In a recent internet rabbit hole moment, I ended up on the MIT Idea Lab site in their Director’s Fellows listing. (I truly don’t remember where this internet endeavor started, where it was going, OR how many clicks I must have made to end up there, hundreds?)…

Sitting Pretty

Cori’s Pick: Sitting Pretty by Rebekah Taussig Perception is an interesting thing.  A coworker once told me, ‘…their perception is their reality.’  It’s amazing how long this simple insight has stuck with me.  Although we are all here on Earth living our lives together, we simultaneously live in our own realities, which differ greatly; and…

Love and Other Words

Cori’s Pick: Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren Back in early August I reviewed Christina Lauren’s The Unhoneymooners.  It was the perfect beach read with lots of much needed laughs.  So naturally, I picked up a few of her other titles including this one and fell in love with Christina Lauren all over again! …

One of Us Is Lying

Cori’s Pick: One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus I came across this title as it was being compared to The Breakfast Club movie of 1985.  I’m a product of the ’80s so, SOLD!  (also, I just noticed that The Breakfast Club is rated R….it’s been a minute since I last watched it but…

Dominicana

Cori’s Pick: Dominicana by Angie Cruz Dominicana is the third novel by Angie Cruz and was shortlisted for the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction.  By the end, you’ll easily see how this beautiful but heartbreaking work has earned the prestigious award. Set in 1960s Dominican Republic, Ana Canción’s fierce mother has a plan to get…